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Authentic Shanghai Restaurant?

I know that the Bellaire chinatown area has at least one place that specializes strictly in Shanghainese food -- I've eaten there a couple of times, but can not recall its name. It is in one of the strip malls, shopping centers on the north side of Bellaire, to the east of Beltway 8, also east of the strip center that has Hong Kong Food Street and Sinh Sinh. The restaurant's exterior signage was in Chinese, and it was in a section of the strip center that was built perpendicularly to Bellaire...

Sorry I can't come up with a name, but it has been a couple of years since I was last there.

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Sinh Sinh Restaurant
9788 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, TX 77036

Apr 07, 2011
grbroderick in Houston

Where can I find pig CHEEK MEAT?

Revival Market sells locally-sourced whole pigs to restaurants such as Catalan, Feast, Beaver's, Kata Robata, so they'd be my first phone call -- I believe that their pigs are Mangalista, which are known for their very high fat content.

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Kata Robata
3600 Kirby Drive, Houston, TX 77098

Apr 05, 2011
grbroderick in Houston

Last week commuting to Houston...

A few suggestions of places you haven't been:

Kata Robata (sushi, japanese fusion)
DaMarco (Italian)
Mark's (American)
RDG

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Kata Robata
3600 Kirby Drive, Houston, TX 77098

Apr 05, 2011
grbroderick in Houston

Is there a butcher that will sell calf brains and other offal?

You should be able to find pork belly at Revival Market, which is, essentially, unsmoked bacon...

Apr 05, 2011
grbroderick in Houston

Houston restaurant community supports Linda Salinas

For those who haven't already heard, one of Houston's best known and loved bartenders/somelliers was involved in a scooter accident on Sunday night, and is in Ben Taub ICU at present. Twitter has been alive with information about her condition since shortly after the accident and since, a community of interest restauranteurs, co-workers, industry press and foodies / clientele has formed to provide her support in her time of need.

For information:

http://blogs.houstonpress.com/eating/...

http://houston.culturemap.com/newsdet...

A site set up to collect donations has so far collected ~$3000 as of this writing:
http://gettago.chipin.com/our-friend-...

For more information, or to get involved, follow @TeamQue_Linda on twitter and/or join the Facebook group "Our Friend, Linda":

http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=g...

There will be several benefit events coming up in the near future for Linda.

Apr 05, 2011
grbroderick in Houston

Headed to Houston for Final Four. What's worth hitting and what's worth skipping?

I've been there - had the guacamole, margaritas and the original regular dinner. Food was excellent traditional tex-mex. Not health food by any means, and I wouldn't recommend eating it every day, but it took my taste buds back 20 - 25 years to what tex-mex used to taste like.

Mar 27, 2011
grbroderick in Houston

New here..

p.s. you might try sending an email to houstonCH-owner@yahoogroups.com

Mar 27, 2011
grbroderick in Houston

New here..

Houston Chowhounds on Yahoo is still quite active. Your confirmation may take a little while right at the moment though, because Jenny Wang (@imneverfull on Twitter) is out of town in Taiwan due to the passing of her grandfather.

Mar 27, 2011
grbroderick in Houston

New here..

Yes - the Houston Chowhounds Yahoo group (unaffiliated with chow.com) irrregularly organizes food crawls -- I seem to recall a taco truck crawl, a couple of coffee crawls.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/houstonCH/

is their mailing list/discussion board and they also have a Facebook group. They also regularly organize monthly lunch or dinner outings to one restaurant or another - these outings are announced on their mailing list.

Mar 20, 2011
grbroderick in Houston

Headed to Houston for Final Four. What's worth hitting and what's worth skipping?

At Branch Water Tavern, you MUST have the sticky toffee pudding for dessert. It is outstanding!

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Branch Water Tavern
510 Shepherd, Houston, TX 77007

Mar 20, 2011
grbroderick in Houston

new yorker in town - best banh mi?

It seems that Culturemap, a local Houston magazine has also taken it upon itself to answer your question for you:

http://culturemap.com/newsdetail/02-2...

Bon Appetit!

Feb 26, 2011
grbroderick in Houston

new yorker in town - best banh mi?

Hi Jen:

I've three favorite places for banh mi in Houston:

- Thien An (Midtown, on Travis near Elgin) -- they also do a good bowl of pho, other vietnamese standards. Overall, the best in my estimation. VERY very busy during standard lunch hours!

- Cali Sandwich (Midtown, on Travis near Elgin) -- not the cleanest place, has a VERY busy lunch business, 95% of which consists of their banh mi.

- Les Givrals (Midtown, on Milam)

I'd worked in Midtown for a few years, within walking distance from these places and I most often would visit Cali Sandwich if my objective was to pick up a quick sandwich and take it back to my desk. If I had more time and could sit down for lunch, I'd go to Thien An.

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Les Givral's
801 Congress St Ste 101, Houston, TX 77002

Feb 23, 2011
grbroderick in Houston

Charcoal-grilled Steak

I doubt you will find agreement as to one restaurant in a city such as Houston that is THE BEST at anything -- seafood, sushi, Indian, Italian, burgers, BBQ or steak. Amongst the best I would list:

- Vic & Anthony's downtown
- Pappas Steakhouse
- Brenner's / Brenner's on the Bayou

Feb 21, 2011
grbroderick in Houston

Molecular Gastronomy in Houston

There's a number of places who are doing infusions - Beavers and Anvil both come to mind as doing low-temperature infusions. Our mutual friend and I drank our way through most of the options at Beavers -- many of the bartenders at Beavers also work at Anvil. Claire Sprouse has gotten a lot of nationwide attention.

Kata Robata has also recently started doing high-temperature infusions using sous vide -- seal the base liquor and whatever other ingredients into a vacuum seal bag and drop them into the immersion circulator overnight. I don't see quite the level of mixology talent or creativity at Kata that is present at Anvil / Beavers, but both places make very tasty drinks!

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Kata Robata
3600 Kirby Drive, Houston, TX 77098

Feb 20, 2011
grbroderick in Houston

Molecular Gastronomy in Houston

Seth Siegel-Gardner is also doing many experiments / explorations in MG at Kata Robata, most of which I've been positively impressed with. Seth frequently does explorations in dehydration with liquid nitrogen, powders, some foams, gced emusions, etc.. Mostly re-works of old dishes, but there have been some definite standouts.

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Kata Robata
3600 Kirby Drive, Houston, TX 77098

Feb 20, 2011
grbroderick in Houston

I Love Living in Houston!

Would the thread be diminished if it were broken up, say every time that Doobie starts a new subject, like he did the other day with his review of an individual restaurant on Red Balloon Cafe the other day? No - it would prevent people from having to wade through a morass of unrelated posts (related only insofar as they're all started by Doobie) in order to get to the new stuff. Keep the same style, just break the threads / start a new thread every time you would've gone back and made a new sub-thread here (like you did with the Mason Jar post, like you did with the Red Balloon post, like you did with Mama's Cafe post, etc..).

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Red Balloon Cafe
4410 Westway Park Blvd Ste 300, Houston, TX 77041

Mason Jar
9005 Katy Fwy, Houston, TX 77024

Feb 14, 2011
grbroderick in Houston

I Love Living in Houston!

For a comparison, give the Chicken Fried NY Strip at Beaver's a shot -- they pound out / tenderize a NY Strip, batter it and deep fry. Serve with a mushroom cream gravy, mashed potatoes and a veggie. I find it delicious.

Feb 03, 2011
grbroderick in Houston

Need some advice/help, if you'd be so kind

Kind of depends on what the rum is spiced with - is it a particular brand? I do think that Bacardi light or dark (unspiced) would work great with the black cherries. Meyer's dark rum should work well also. Malibu (coconut flavoured) ... eh... I don't think so! :)

Any of those rums should be available at any store that sells spirits, so as long as you're not in a dry county, you should be fine.

Feb 02, 2011
grbroderick in Houston

Where are the best priced-right oysters in the Houston area?

If you're on twitter, try asking @jgossen where he got the oysters in this pic:

http://yfrog.com/h22n3glj

made my mouth water, it did!

Feb 01, 2011
grbroderick in Houston

My Favorite Houston Restaurants, yours?

Have you had t'afia's three course lunch on Fridays? I and our mutual friend visited there a couple of weeks back - great food, portions a bit on the small side, but quite satisfying.

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t'afia
3701 Travis Street, Houston, TX 77002

Jan 30, 2011
grbroderick in Houston

I love oysters! My Take on Gilhooley's

We got a container of horseradish along with the cocktail sauce with every order of raw oysters we got, promptly mixed an ample quantity of the two together for everyone's saucing pleasure. :)

Jan 24, 2011
grbroderick in Houston

I love oysters! My Take on Gilhooley's

I was down there Saturday afternoon along with a group from the Houston Chowhounds (the Yahoo group / mailing list). Between the eleven of us, we devoured roughly 15 dozen oysters of various sorts, including raw, oysters gilhooley, oysters shrimphooley, oysters roasted with salsa. My comments:

- service was prompt - we sat on the patio, our server didn't smoke (at least in our presence), though she did at times seem a little overwhelmed with our demands. Everyone relaxed and didn't grumble if a beer took an extra five minutes to show up though and we all had fun.

- the raw oysters were good, but I'd have preferred it if they didn't scatter ice cubes over the top of the oysters. The melting ice dilutes the yummy oyster liquid. I'd prefer the oysters to be served on a bed of shaved ice, like many/most places do it.

- the oysters gilhooley were by far my favorite. I could've probably downed another half dozen of those. No additional seasoning or sauce necessary.

- the salsa oysters were for those who don't like the taste of oysters :)

I also got to sample a couple of bites of their boudin links - tasty. I'd probably order that again.

None of our party or in the enclosed patio dining area smoked, so our clothes didn't smell like smoke until we gathered around the outside open fire pit for pictures.

I will return, though the 40 mile (one way) drive is a bit daunting.

Jan 23, 2011
grbroderick in Houston

Sichuan Restaurant [HOU]

One place to try for Chinese that is a bit closer than the Bellaire Chinatown for you is Chinese Cafe on Richmond in the strip center at Sage, just outside of loop 610. Not a huge selection, but what they do make is good and tasty - many Chinese customers there (always a good sign).

Also, you are aware that Cali and Van Loc are primarily Vietnamese restaurants, and that Bo Luc Lac is a Vietnamese dish, not Chinese? If it is Vietnamese food you're interested in, I'd recommend Thiem Hung (Cafe TH), which is over behind the George R Brown convention center, as well as Pho Saigon, Pho Nga, Thien An in midtown -- all do a much better rendition of Viet food than Van Loc, IMHO.

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Van Loc Restaurant
3010 Milam St, Houston, TX 77006

Nga Restaurant
2929 Milam St Ste C, Houston, TX 77006

Pho Saigon
7400 W Tidwell Rd Ste A, Houston, TX 77040

Jan 23, 2011
grbroderick in Houston

Sichuan Restaurant [HOU]

Hue on Kirby is closed also, the space is now occupied by Kata Robata, who has excellent sushi and cooked dishes, but it isn't what you'd be looking for.... :)

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Kata Robata
3600 Kirby Drive, Houston, TX 77098

Jan 23, 2011
grbroderick in Houston

Sichuan Restaurant [HOU]

Mai's had a fire last year that gutted the entire place. They're rebuilding, but not yet reopened.

OTOH, their blackened vermicelli is supposed to be very good right now. :)

Jan 23, 2011
grbroderick in Houston

Girls Night Out!

Max's Wine Dive or Beavers would both fit the bill. Max's is a bit more polished, Beavers is a bit more laid back and hipster. Both have good food, Max's has wine and beer only, Beaver's has a full bar.

Jan 20, 2011
grbroderick in Houston

Looking for something simple, but impressive.

I'd recommend t'afia - Monica Pope's restaurant in midtown. You should be able to get in and out of there for around $100 (before wine) and Ms Pope is one of the finest chefs in Houston. Her menu changes daily, based upon the availability of fresh local ingredients -- Ms Pope is an adherent of Alice Waters' slow local food philosophy. Her dishes are simple, fresh, locally-sourced and delicious.

http://www.tafia.com/2_TAFIA_FS.html

Bon appetit!

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t'afia
3701 Travis Street, Houston, TX 77002

Jan 20, 2011
grbroderick in Houston

Groceries near Lakes on Eldridge Houston

Grocery coming in from the west coast makes me think Trader Joe's...

Jan 20, 2011
grbroderick in Houston

Groceries near Lakes on Eldridge Houston

For produce and meat, I'd recommend Georgia's Farm to Market, which is on the eastbound side of the I-10 feeder, near Dairy Ashford. Wednesdays and Thursdays they have a farmers' market in the store, the remainder of the week they stock a fairly normal produce selection.

Georgia's also stocks natural (hormone-free, free-range, all-natural) beef, chicken and pork from their own processing facility. Quality on the beef and chicken that I've tried has been excellent.

The remainder of the store is similar to a Whole Foods, but they seem a little cheaper. They also have a lunch and dinner salad and soup bar, should you wish to eat at the store.

http://www.georgiasmarket.com/

Jan 20, 2011
grbroderick in Houston

Looking for huge international market in Houston

There isn't, to the best of my knowledge, a single market that will satisfy all of your needs, however, there are places that each deal in a sub-specialty.

For all things Asian, head out Bellaire to Beltway 8 - there are several markets and ethic groceries out in that vicinity that will supply your needs for Chinese, Vietnamese, perhaps Thai.

For Japanese, you should go to Nippon Daido - Wilcrest and Westheimer while you're out at the other Asian markets (same side of town).

Indian / Pakistani - there are markets on the near southwest side, around Hwy 59 and Fondren that specialize in these cuisines.

Middle Eastern - Phonecia Deli

Korean? No idea

For farmers' markets, you should hit the original Houston Farmer's Market, which is on Airline Dr., inside the loop (near the Heights). You will find much ethnic (primarily mexican) produce.

For seafood, I'd recommend Airline Seafood on Alabama St., inside loop 610 - they're a wholesaler and sell to many restaurants in addition to sales to the general public.

For a butcher, I'd recommend Pete's Meats on Richmond, just outside of loop 610.

Jan 19, 2011
grbroderick in Houston